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Watson shoots final-round 68 at British Open

Crowd favourite and 5-time British Open champion Tom Watson shoots 68 in final round at Hoylake
Dennis Passa, The Associated Press

HOYLAKE, England - Tom Watson's ball rolled on to the 18th green at Royal Liverpool on Sunday and most of the spectators in the horseshoe grandstand gave him a prolonged standing ovation. And even a few shouts of "C'mon, Tom."

The five-time British Open champion, doffing his cap as he walked up the fairway, has a way of doing that to a crowd, especially in Britain.

Rory McIlroy builds 6-shot lead at British Open

Rory McIlroy beats weather, beats field, and takes 6-shot lead at British Open
Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy looked as though he had just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday.

When he rolled in a 10-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68, he straightened his back, stared defiantly at thousands of fans crammed into the horseshoe arena around the 18th green at Royal Liverpool and lightly pumped his fist.

He went from being tied for the lead to six shots ahead of Rickie Fowler in just over an hour.

Rory McIlroy builds 6-shot lead at British Open

Rory McIlroy beats the weather, beats the field, and takes 6-shot lead at British Open
Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy looked as though he had just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday.

When he rolled in a 10-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68, he straightened his back, stared defiantly at thousands of fans crammed into the horseshoe arena around the 18th green at Royal Liverpool and lightly pumped his fist.

He went from being tied for the lead to six shots ahead of Rickie Fowler in just over an hour.

Majka earns Pole position on Tour's 14th stage

Poland's Majka wins solo on Stage 14 as Tour de France leaves Alps; Italy's Nibali keeps lead
Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press

RISOUL, France - Panting hard with his jersey unzipped and wide open in the heat, Polish rider Rafal Majka sped to a solo breakaway victory on Stage 14 as the Tour de France wrapped up its foray in the Alps on Saturday.

The two stages were expected to shake up the standings, but Vincenzo Nibali was not only still wearing the yellow jersey, he was farther out front.

Olympic leaders back TV channel, bidding changes

Backing Bach: Olympic leaders support TV channel, changes to bid process and sports program
Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press

Moving forward on IOC President Thomas Bach's reform process, Olympic leaders backed his proposals Saturday for setting up an Olympic television channel, reshaping the bid city procedure, and adding more flexibility to the sports program.

Bach convened a summit of 16 key IOC and sports officials in Lausanne, Switzerland, to press ahead with Olympic Agenda 2020, his strategic blueprint for the future.

Rory McIlroy builds a 4-shot lead at British Open

No Freaky Friday for McIlroy: Boy wonder shoots 66 for commanding lead at British Open
Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.

Once he made a birdie, and then another, nothing could stop McIlroy.

Not another collapse in the second round. Not anyone in the field. And certainly not Tiger Woods.

In Alps, Nibali again dominates Tour de France

With Alpine high, Nibali storms to Stage 13 victory at Tour de France to firm up overall lead
Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press

CHAMROUSSE, France - If Vincenzo Nibali was looking happier Friday after the Tour de France rode into the Alps, here's why: His top rival fell out of contention, he gained nearly a minute on his next-biggest challenger and oh, he won Stage 13 to boot.

On a sunbaked and melting Alpine road, the 29-year-old Italian, cemented his control of cycling's greatest race with a solo-finish victory that was an afterthought to gaining time on other title contenders.

Clinton: Will have 'specific agenda' if she runs

Hillary Clinton says she will have a 'very specific agenda' if she runs for president in 2016
Ken Thomas, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday if she decides to run for the White House in 2016 she will have "a very specific agenda" but acknowledged in an interview that the modern role of U.S. president has "gotten even bigger and more difficult."

Clinton said in an interview with PBS's Charlie Rose that her final decision will be "wholly personal" and does not want to decide until after she becomes a grandmother later this year.

Tour leader Nibali: Doping belongs to cycling past

After Stage 12, Tour de France leader Nibali says doping belongs in cycling's past
Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press

SAINT-ETIENNE, France - Because of doping's ravages on cycling, it's natural for suspicion to fall on Vincenzo Nibali, who led the Tour de France on Thursday for a 10th time in 12 stages.

But Nibali says the sport has changed, doping cases have become rare, and "this theme belongs to the past."

McIlroy and Woods deliver at British Open

Rory McIlroy leads British Open with 66;Tiger Woods returns with promise at Royal Liverpool
Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open.

A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.

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